Jackie Mann

President, Elias Foundation

New York, NY

Following a career as a Clinical Social Worker/ Psychoanalyst and Professor of Clinical Practice for SW students, Jacqueline Mann founded the Elias Foundation. For the past 16 years, the Foundation has sought to support efforts by under-resourced, mainly communities of color, to mobilize their constituents around issues of social and economic justice in Westchester County, NY. Currently, the Foundation is more intensively concentrating its funding on the training and capacity-building of young progressive activists. In order to be more accountable to the community it serves, the Foundation relies on the advice of seasoned community leaders to identify young leaders who receive personal and organizational development funds.


Beyond her involvement in the Elias Foundation, Jacqueline is a member of the Steering Committee of the Youth Justice Funding Collaborative – a unique partnership between philanthropists and activists that supports efforts to eliminate abuses in the juvenile/criminal justice system. Organized by alumni of The Philanthropy Workshop and Next Generation Leadership of the Rockefeller Foundation, YJFC has granted over $3M to community-led advocacy organizations in New Orleans that are in the vanguard of change for vulnerable youth and Formerly Incarcerated Persons.


For the past few years, Jacqueline has participated in a mentorship program developed and sustained by Hour Children, an organization that helps incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children to successfully rejoin their communities, reunify with their families, and build healthy, independent and secure lives. Through her connection with HC, this Fall Jacqueline will co-lead a Group Therapy program for women at the Rose M. Singer Center at Rikers.